AIRLINE Online simulates the planning, establishment and operation of an airline, providing a fascinating and realistic model, highly engaging for students. AIRLINE Online offers a rich interactive learning experience in which students develop their higher order thinking skills. The context of airline management provides a complex environment in which students learn to make collaborative decisions, analyse and interpret performance data and evaluate outcomes.
Working on their own or in small groups (management teams), students assume one or more of the following roles:
- Business Manager
- Marketing Manager
- Procurement Officer
- Customer Service Manager
- Accountant / Financial Controller
- Business Analyst
What benefits can it bring to your students?
The features of AIRLINE Online which set it apart from other learning tools include:
- Students are encouraged to work in teams, each in charge of a particular aspect of airline operation. This gives each student authority in a particular area, but it also highlights the need for co-operation and communication with their colleagues.
- These teams interact with other teams, competing for the most successful airline. Regular, comprehensive feedback allows each team to review their current operation, see how they can improve the performance of their airline. Teams can also view data from the other airlines against which they are competing.
- The interdependence of different aspects of running a business are immediately apparent. Participants learn the value of communication and collaboration in the workplace, and how a decision made in one business unit can have a significant effect in others.
- Current, reliable data is used in the simulation. It is gathered and updated regularly from airports, aircraft manufacturers and other industry resources around the world. This places students into decision making processes based on realistic scenarios.
- Knowledge of equipment, facilities and terminology relevant to the aviation industry is discovered by students. This has the effect of extending students out of their normal 'learning comfort zone' and places them in a challenging, industry specific role. This experience can assist the School to Workforce transition.
- In addition to familiarity with physical equipment, students are also introduced to key personnel and their roles within the airline. Negotiating human factors.
- At each stage of the simulation, students will be making decisions, complex decisions in which they will need to consider a range of factors, often distant in the causal chain. This ability to bring together relevant data from disparate sources and make a clear, confident decision is a valuable skill for future employment.
- Performance is related to both the team’s business plan and their performance compared with other airlines in the environment. A number of indicators can be selected, depending on the focus and parameters set by the administrator. Regular feedback is generated by the simulation and forms the focus of further discussions and amendments to the operation of each airline. The reports also provide administrators direct assessment of each participant.
Background knowledge and technical requirements
There is absolutely no requirement for teachers to have a background or interest in aviation to runa successful simulation within our Secondary School programs. The simulation is 'self contained' - all the background information and research on developing a successful airline can be found within the simulation. Full training in the software, including documentation, work programs and teacher support materialis provided by Simulate prior to use with a student group.
Both AIRLINE and AIRPORT Online are software packages which are hosted securely on our servers. The process for accessing your simulation is as follows:
Step 1. Order and pay for your online Simulation Licence.
Step 2. Receive via email two URL's from Simulate
a) URL 1 = Access to your Administrator Control Panel - including username and password
b) Your Simulation Front End URL from which your participants will access the simulation via secure log in.
Step 3. You set up your own individual participant log in accounts
Step 4. When you are ready, you provide your participants with the URL and log in details to their airline.
The advantages of this software delivery method are as follows:
- There is no software for you to download or install - no additional demands placed on your computer department resources.
- Your software is automatically updated free of charge for the duration of your simulation
- The simulation can be accessed any time of the day, from anywhere in the world (perfect for distance education programs).
- Only technical requirement is a computer with internet access and web browser (Internet Explorer 7+ recommended)
What age levels is it suited to?
AIRLINE Online has been designed with a broad range of age and skill levels in mind. During your initial consultation we determine the level of complexity most suited to your requirements. A range of templates are available designed to set out the degree of complexity required.
At Secondary school level it is most commonly used as part of an Enrichment Program for students in Years 6 through 10. Once students reach their senior years of Secondary school, AIRLINE Online becomes suitable for the more structured subjects such as Economics and Business Management.